All content from this point forward is in large part due to "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Children's Eyes" compiled by Education World and MSNBC's "Where Children Sleep."
When we align on one side of "the wall," we lose sight of the humanity of the other. In order to fully understand a conflict and in order to have any hope of peace, we must capture and respect the humanity of all sides. This becomes difficult if we deem the other as "evil" or "wrong," but it's a task we have to take on to be better historians, authors, students, humans.
For this activity, you are going to capture the humanity of the other through a research based, creative writing assignment. Because this calls for creativity, we are going to use SOAPSTone to align and prepare our thoughts.
This activity calls for the utmost respect and care and compassion and I know you are all capable of that plus so much more.
Thank you in advance for your attention to detail and your attempt to understand the other.
1. Bedouin Arab
Another source: Bedouin Arabs
Bilal is from a family of Bedouin Arabs, an often-displaced tribal people who endure a harsh existence without electricity, running water, sanitation and medical facilities. Bedouin homes are makeshift structures made of available materials. At the time of the photo, Bilal lived in a one-room shack in Wadi Abu Hindi, a district northeast of Jerusalem. To the left is the place where Bilal slept. It is unlikely he still lives here, as in spring 2011 many Bedouin families were expelled from the area when the Israeli military said it was illegal for them to live there. Many Bedouins' homes were demolished so that a security wall could be built.
2. Child in a Jewish settlement
Beliefs and practices of orthodox Jews (Haredi in particular)
Tzvika lives in the Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, a fast-growing community of 36,000 with one of the highest birthrates in the West Bank. Located near Jerusalem, the settlement is home to Haredi Jews, who represent the most conservative subset of orthodox Judaism. To the left is Tzvika's bedroom, which he shares with his three siblings. Jewish settlements are considered illegal under international law (although Israel disputes this), and Palestinians strongly oppose them.
3. Child in a Palestinian refugee camp
Refugee Camps 1
Refugee Camps 2
Douha lives in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron (in the southern part of the West Bank) along with her 11 brothers and sisters. Her brother (pictured in the poster in Douha's bedroom on the left) killed himself and 23 others in a 1996 suicide bomb attack against Israelis.
4. Israeli female soldier
Women in combat
Image credit: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/beautiful-photographs-of-girls
5. Your Choice : To be approved by Mrs. Curcio
Image credit: JR "Face 2 Face"
Occasion: Choose a specific moment from history OR present day concerning the side you are writing about.
Audience: Who is the story for? Is there one reader in mind? Be specific.
Purpose: I am going to write a ______________ in order to _____________.
Short story, snapshot narrative (one moment in time), poem, song, letter, essay, radio speech, etc.
Subject: Living as a Palestinian OR Israeli
Tone: Be specific, perhaps use the tone words from Tone Bingo or the Toolbox on Mrs. Curcio's web page. Really work to represent the side you are writing from. Be compassionate, but honest and thoughtful.